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Jessica Skewes
Jessica Skewes
The Pilliga
Field Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
Graduate Diploma Science (Ecology) UNE; Professional trench digger & damp course roller.
What did you do before AWC?
Prior to AWC, after finishing University (the first time), I spent a month doing an intensive guiding course in Kakadu NP, then started work as a naturalist guide at Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. The natural and ever changing beauty of the island convinced me to go back to the books and study Ecology further. During that time I went to Mauritius for a four month internship in Endangered Species Recovery, working with Echo Parakeets, Mauritian Kestrels, Aldabran Tortoises, and various seabirds and reptiles. Whilst finishing up my Graduate Diploma I was given the opportunity of a lifetime… an internship with AWC, based in the North-west sanctuaries! They haven’t been able to get rid of me, and I’ve been working on fauna surveys throughout Australia since, and am delighted to now bring my skills to such an exciting project in the Pilliga!
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Biiiillllbbbbyyyyy! (High pitched squeaky voice denoting immense cuteness!) …Or Knob-tailed Gecko, or maybe the Eastern Pygmy Possum… Impossible to choose with so many incredible and cute critters about!
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
On any of the ranges at Newhaven Sanctuary, especially as the rocks glow, the shadows lengthen, and the desert oaks form silhouettes against the pink-blue sunset/sunrise sky! Sir John Gorge at Mornington Sanctuary comes a close second!
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Favourite animal sighting ever was a Giant Anteater while horse-riding in Brazil. The top three I would love to see (without thinking too much) are the Aye Aye, Jaguar and Whale Shark.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
South and Central America (repeatedly), Madagascar, WA Coastline.
Other interesting stuff
While working as a tour guide on Kangaroo Island, I finished up my employment the day before a ‘top secret’ guest arrived, turns out I missed out on taking Bill Gates and his family on tour by ONE DAY!

As a true South Aussie, I am also a true wine lover…